Sewage and Food Waste
- Legislation (page under review)
- Consent Needed and How to Obtain It
- Performance Standards
- Sampling/Monitoring Requirements
- Reporting Requirements
- Non Compliance
- Renewal and Variation
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|Consent Needed:||None required unless vessel is >400 GRT or <400 GRT and engaged in international voyages in which case an International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate is needed. However, allowance is made for ships which fall outside the scope of the 2008 Regulations to voluntarily opt into the provisions of the sewage requirements by requesting survey and certification.Where a ship intends to deliver sewage to port waste reception facilities (as an alternative to treatment and discharge at sea), the harbour/port authority must be notified in advance (see Port Waste Reception).
|How to Apply:||For first certificate for UKCS, the operator must request the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) conduct a survey of sewage treatment systems; the MCA then issue the certificate.
For renewal of certificate, the operator must request Classification Societies to re-survey; Classification Societies then renew the certificate.
|Who to Apply to:||The first certificate will be issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA website).
Thereafter, certificate is renewed by the Classification Societies.
|When to Apply:||Once unit commissioned for first certificate, renewed every 5 years.|
|Sewage Requirements of Merchant Shipping Regulations:||
Sewage equipment is required only by vessels of >400 GRT or <400 GRT if certified to carry more than 15 persons and if engaged in international voyages. The requirements for sewage equipment will therefore apply to mobile drilling units or other vessels (e.g. FPSO) on international voyage.
Sewage discharge (from applicable ships) is:
All ships to which the sewage requirements apply must have at least one of the following on board:
|What to Report:||No reporting required.|
|Who to Report to:||N/A|
|When to Report:||N/A|
|What to do if in Breach of Consent:||N/A|
|None at present.|